The older I get (and that’s pretty damn old) the more I appreciate the marks that aging leaves. If this tree was a perfectly formed spruce I doubt it would attract half the interest that this old warrior does.
In keeping with my current emphasis on still images, this one was taken inside a wonderful Moroccan shop in Petaluma, California called “bay-ti”. It consists of nothing but an antique bowl and some dried vegetation. I think their combination is quite beautiful.
Given enough time nature will take back her own. This photograph is of a side wall of the building next door. Because it is somewhat secluded, maintenance people don’t get to see it very often and the result is the vegetation growth and masonry decay are taking their toll, creating a kind of wabi-sabi wall.
Many years or centuries from now, if it’s left alone, what looks like a wall today will be nothing more than a mound of thick vegetation with a tree or two shading the birds and animals that live near by.
It’s a comforting or disquieting thought, depending on one’s point of view.
There’s a wonderful book out by Leonard Koren that talks about wabi–sabi. Actually it’s been out for quite a while. You can buy it on Amazon and I heartily recommend it.
The book delves deeply into this quintessential Japanese aesthetic that celebrates the humble, the modest and the imperfect.
I love the idea that simple beauty is all around us. All we have to do is take the time to look closely.
This battered emerald-green chair standing near an unfinished wall in my sister in law’s house is lit by a bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling directly over it. The wrinkled green metal seat has a hole in it allowing a single spot of light to pass. This chair exemplifies wabi sabi at its best.
If you would like to learn more about wabi sabi, I suggest you get this book: http://www.amazon.com/Wabi-Sabi-Artists-Designers-Poets-Philosophers/dp/0981484603
I love the concept of beauty in old worn objects.